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Plaza de Toros - Historical Building Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay

In the early 1900s, an Argentine entrepreneur decided to open a first-class tourist complex, just a few kilometers from the Historic Quarter, in the area known as Real de San Carlos. His complex included a hotel casino and a bullring, the Plaza de Toros, built in 1910, with Moorish details and influences. His ferry brought crowds of tourists from Buenos Aires and famous Spanish bullfighters entertained them. Yet, the bullfighting craze was short-lived – the Plaza de Toros closed only two years after its inauguration as bullfighting was declared illegal by the government. The impressive Plaza de Toros still stands, a much-loved symbol of Colonia, though it is currently condemned property and closed to the public.

Just outside of Colonia, in Real de San Carlos
Colonia del Sacramento , Uruguay

Historical Building

Getting There
Lots of people take the scenic walk along the coast (approximately 3 km). Follow the Av. Costanera to Av. Nicolás Mihanovich, then turn right; you should see the Plaza de Toros straight ahead. You could also catch a cab there or take the Sol Antigua bus to Real de San Carlos (the red bus has stops on Av. Gral Flores near the Historic Quarter).

Travel Tips: The Plaza de Toros is closed to the public because the place is literally crumbling to pieces. However, there is a gap in the chain-link fence and plenty of people venture inside. Please be advised that this is strictly "enter at your own risk", and it is indeed very dangerous.

Here are other activities in and around Colonia del Sacramento that may be of interest: Ruinas Del Convento De San Francisco And The Lighthouse, Portón De Campo and Basilica Del Sanctísimo Sacramento (basilica Of The Holy Sacrament).

By Claudia Pesce

Claudia Pesce was born in Buenos Aires, but started traveling shortly after her first birthday. Upon returning to Argentina at...

09 Jun 2011

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